Full Title:Sociological aspects of working with families and children
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC N7012
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will equip the student with a broad view of the important role the family plays in the life of the child. The student will be able to recognise that parents are the primary educators of the child and have a per-eminent role in promoting his /her wellbeing, learning and development (Siolta 3 'Working with parents and families').
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Understand sociological concepts and processes of socialisation of the child and the acquisition of culture.
  2. Recognise the major influences on families and family life.
  3. Describe the diversity of family forms and childhoods

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sociology, socialisation and the acquisition of culture
Introduction to Sociology.Components of culture. Concepts and processes of socialisation through the family, early years setting and through wider society.
Major influences on family life.
Social stratification and effects of social class on the child and family. The determinants of health and well being within the family context.The economic and social functions of family in society. Ecological Systems Theory. Direct and indirect influences on family life
Family types and diversity of family form
Sociological perspectives of the family. Diversity of Family form. Family life cycle model. Evolution of the family. Importance of identity & belonging to the child and their family. Impact of marginalization on the family. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
Assessment Breakdown%

Part Time

No Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project Students are required to produce a substantive piece of work that meets the learning outcomes for this module. This will incorporate both written and practical elements 1,2,3 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Continuous Assessment- The student will submit an academic piece of writing examining the sociological issues impacting on health and well being of children and families. 100%

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.20 Every Week 1.20
Independent Study No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.70
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Recommended Book Resources
  • Chambers D. 2012, A Sociology of Family Life, Polity press [ISBN: 9780745695341]
  • McDonald, B. 2014, An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland,,, 3rd Ed., Gill & Macmillian Dublin [ISBN: 9780717156221]
  • Giddens, A; Sutton, P. 2017, Sociology, 8th Ed., Polity Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9780745696683]
  • Maybin, J; Woodhead, M. 2003, Childhoods in Context, John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Chichester [ISBN: 0470846933]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Donohue, J; Gaynor, F 2011, Education and Care in the Early Years, 5th Ed., Gill & Macmillan Ltd. Dublin [ISBN: 9780717149759]
  • Moloney, M; McCarthy, E. 2018, International Leadership for Effective Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care, Routledge Oxon [ISBN: 9781138092884]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 4 Mandatory